China’s embattled film industry on track for recovery

For now, it remains unclear whether China's box office sales in 2023 will be able to top 2021’s record, but analysts are optimistic. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO FILE
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BEIJING - Ticket sales at China’s box office for the first five days of the week-long Chinese New Year break have surpassed the figure for the same period in 2022, as the world’s biggest film industry recovers from setbacks due to the country’s strict zero-Covid policy of the past three years.

Latest figures from Maoyan, a Hong Kong-listed entertainment company, showed that box office sales in China hit 5.7 billion yuan (S$1.1 billion) as at 5.30pm on Thursday, 12 per cent higher than the 5.1 billion yuan for the same five-day period in 2022.

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